Leg one effectively spoils the party at Musselburgh, so Brighton gets our custom for Monday's Placepot.
"With further improvement hoped for, perhaps even expected, Chanceuse really ought to be thereabouts again."
14:20 - Our choice sits between a miserly banker on Pivot Point or a more risky chance on Little, who's the likeliest candidate to take second. Ultimately, we can't see Pivot Point flopping and in that case a chancier play on Little wouldn't worthwhile anyway. The favourite it is.
14:50 - It's difficult to separate most the runners in this low-grade handicap, so a banker may not seem the most obvious approach. However, Anginola is a clear winner from a Placepot standpoint. Generally consistent in recent weeks and months, she also has plenty of course form, making the frame on her last three visits to Brighton and a winner here just over a year ago. With so much in her favour and any backup resulting in guesswork between three or four others, the risky option of banking on Anginola is also a sensible one.
15:20 - Snow Conditions looks to be the likeliest winner. That's not necessarily what we're after here and in truth the next two on the list, Sir Tyto and Sweeping Rock, appeal as more solid options for the Placepot. Like Snow Conditions, both have the recent form, course form and stamina required.
15:50 - In a similar vein to leg two, this handicap is generally tough to filter unless we go for the obvious. That's Chanceuse, up 5 lb for a C&D win on what was her debut for Gary Moore last time. With further improvement hoped for, perhaps even expected, she really ought to be thereabouts again.
16:20 - Hawk Moth, who is on a superb run of form at this course and others like it (i.e. Lingfield) is where our eye is instantly drawn and it's a pleasant surprise to see him as far down the betting as he is. For backup, Just Isla has the strongest pull. Her form's been holding up of late and the assistance of Richard Hughes should help her settle over a trip that's towards the top end of her stamina.
16:50 - One thing that can be said for low-grade handicaps is that they're often a bit easier; leg six is the best race we encounter today and, as is often the case, it's the most difficult. It's difficult to duck both Bayleyf and Panther Patrol, on a winning run of six between them. Panther Patrol's profile is more comprehensive and he wins out there. Besides the two there are a good number of in-form sorts, Alnoomaas getting in as second choice as he's arguably the most consistent in this field and he comes here on the back of a C&D win.
14:20 - 1
14:50 - 3
15:20 - 4, 6
15:50 - 4
16:20 - 5, 8
16:50 - 2, 7
= 8 lines